Portland events August 2019. Things to do in Portland, Oregon.

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Portland events August 2019

Dancers in the moonlight

August 1 - 4, 2019
(begins July 26)
11.7 miles south
See an illuminated outdoor performance “full of traditional and invented aerial apparatus, athletic and technical dance movement, and acrobatics” with live music at Art in the Dark at Mary S. Young Park in West Linn.

Concerts in Albany

August 1 & 8, 2019
(Thursdays from July 4)
70 miles south
Hear a different artist every week at River Rhythms, with food vendors, children’s crafts, and a beer garden at Monteith Riverpark. No pets. Free.

Concerts in the Park

August 1 - 31, 2019
(begins July 5)
Portland parks
Bring a blanket or chairs to hear music ranging from “classical to country, rock & roll to rhythm & blues” at Concerts in the Park. Free.

Thursday afternoon cruise

August 1 - Sept. 26, 2019
(Thursdays 3:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles east
Enjoy live music, river views, a cash bar, and bistro food for sale on Tribute Thursday Early Escape Cruise aboard Portland Spirit, departing from Waterfront Park at 1000 SW Naito Parkway.

Ticket deal $19

Crawfish festival

August 2 - 3, 2019
13 miles south
Tualatin Crawfish Festival has food, beer, wine, and music both days. Saturday it adds races, vendors, carnival games, eating contests, and a kids’ zone.

Indie roots music festival

August 2 - 4, 2019
17 miles SE
Pickathon offers a large lineup of diverse music (indie/roots, garage rock, folk, alternative country, bluegrass) on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, with food vendors and camping. It also promotes ecology and recycling. No pets.

Movies in the square

August 2 - 23, 2019
(begins July 26)
0 miles
Flicks on the Bricks shows films at Pioneer Courthouse Square at dusk, preceded by music at 7 p.m. You are welcome to bring low-back chairs or pillows. Free.

Movies in the Park

August 2 - Sept. 1, 2019
(begins June 21)
Portland parks
Movies in the Park feature live performances by local musicians, free popcorn, and movies at dusk. Bring coats. Alcohol is OK, but no smoking. Free.

Zoo concerts

August 2 - Sept. 7, 2019
(begins June 14)
3 miles west
Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers. Your ticket includes a same-day zoo pass.

Iranian festival

August 3, 2019
0.7 miles south
Portland Iranian Festival has live music, dance, Iranian food, a fashion show, traditional arts and crafts, calligraphy, carpets, and books at PSU Park Blocks (1914 SW Park Avenue). Free.

Catholic festival

August 3, 2019
3.1 miles east
St. Stephen’s Festival includes a bake sale, food, a beer & wine garden, an art show, a craft fair, games for kids, and sacred music at St. Stephen Catholic Church.

Japanese festival

August 3, 2019
(3 to 9 p.m.)
3.5 miles SE
Obonfest commemorates ancestors with Obon dance, lanterns, children’s booths, Japanese food, beer, and sake at Oregon Buddhist Temple. Free entry.

Sangria party

August 3, 2019
(3 to 8 p.m.)
4 miles SE
Enjoy a tasty drink made with wine and fruit, with live music and small plates of food for sale at the Summer Sangria Party at Hip Chicks do Wine, monthly from June to September.

Fremont Fest

August 3, 2019
4.5 miles NE
Fremont Street is closed from 42nd to 50th for Fremont Fest, including a 10 a.m. parade of pets and kids on bikes, music stages, a kids’ zone, and 125 vendors. Free.

Cold coffee festival

August 3, 2019
9 miles north
Sample coffee and vote for your favorite, hear live music, and shop from food vendors at Cold Brew Fest in Esther Short Park, Vancouver, WA. Children younger than age 12 are free.

Music & food festival

August 3, 2019
20 miles east
Soulful Giving Blanket Concert has live music, gourmet food, Oregon wine & beer, and vendors on 15 acres of meadows & forest near the Sandy River for age 21+.

Minerals festival

August 3 - 4, 2019
16 miles NW
Rice Northwest Museum Summer Festival includes educational games, gold panning, geode cutting, jewelry & fossil vendors, exhibits, live music, and food in Hillsboro.

Steam-engine festival

August 3 - 4, 2019
(begins July 27)
39 miles south
Watch a parade of vintage tractors, trucks, and automobiles at 1:30 p.m. each day; take train and trolley rides; see steam saw milling, tractor pulling, and machinery demos; and visit a blacksmith, country store, and flea market during Steam-Up in Brooks.

Green living fair

August 3 - 4, 2019
68 miles south
Learn about sustainable lifestyles, renewable energy, organic gardening, small-scale farming, and green construction at Mother Earth News Fair in Albany.

Dinner in the country

August 3 - Dec. 14, 2019
(begins May 4)
multiple location
Dinners in the Field features “stunning wines of Oregon over a six-to-seven course dinner expertly prepared by Field & Vine chefs using ingredients sourced straight from the host and surrounding farms.” (This event has sold out in previous years.)

Ticket deal $80

Concerts in the square

August 6 - 27, 2019
(Tuesdays from July 9)
0 miles
Hear concerts at the popular Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Concerts in Newberg

August 6 - 27, 2019
(6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
25.7 miles SW
Family-friendly Tunes on Tuesday presents a different band each week and has food and wine vendors outside Chehalem Cultural Center. Bring chairs. Free.

Concerts on Main Street

August 7 - 28, 2019
(Wednesdays from July 10)
0.2 mile SW
Hear local musicians play a wide variety of music at Music on Main next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (on SW Main Street from Broadway to Park Ave.). Video (1 minute). Free.

Short film winners

August 9, 2019
2.9 miles SE
The 48 Hour Film Project gives teams 2 days to make short films. See the best results at Clinton Street Theatre.

Vancouver Brewfest

August 9 - 10, 2019
9 miles north
Vancouver Brewfest has locally brewed beer, wine, cider, food, live music, and craft vendors at Esther Short Park for age 21+. Repeats in April.

Garlic festival

August 9 - 11, 2019
19 miles NW
Elephant Garlic Festival has garlic-flavored foods, arts & crafts, and live music in North Plains. No pets. Free.

Spiritual music festival

August 9 - 12, 2019
137 miles SW
Beloved Festival is an “open-air sacred art and music festival” with 53 music acts, an all-night Saturday dance, a vendor village, a yoga pavilion, and a sacred fire in Tidewater.

African festival

August 10, 2019
(12 to 8:30 p.m.)
0 miles
Celebrate Africans living in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States at the Pan African Festival with live music, dance, a fashion show, food, and health & wellness activities at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Glamorous party

August 10, 2019
(5 to 10 p.m.)
0.1 mile west
A ticket to A Gatsby Summer Evening includes a complimentary drink from the cash bar, ballroom dance performances, and live big-band music for dancing at Director Park. Dress code.

Alberta Street Fair

August 10, 2019
4 miles NE
Alberta Street Fair focuses on local products, artists, crafts, and foods. It includes an 11 a.m. kids’ parade, a kids’ corner, two beer gardens, and three stages of entertainment on on NE Alberta Street (from NE 10th to 30th Avenues). Free.

Reptile show

August 10, 2019
10 miles NE
See frogs, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures at Portland Metro Reptile Expo, with educational tables and vendors at the Holiday Inn on Columbia Boulevard. Held in January and August.

Car & motorcycle show

August 10, 2019
(9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
16 miles west
Check out 350 show cars, trucks, motorcycles, and military vehicles at Salute To Veterans Car & Motorcycle Show, with bands and food vendors at Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro. Free.

Fossil festival

August 10, 2019
16 miles NW
Learn about fossils at Northwest Fossil Fest, which features lectures, displays, kids’ activities, and entry to Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals. Free.

Women’s comedy

August 10 - 11, 2019
0.2 miles south
Featuring classic songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, Menopause The Musical is about four women who meet at a lingerie sale and then create a sisterhood as they realize that menopause is a shared experience, at Newmark Theatre.

Ticket deal $26

Vegan festival

August 10 - 11, 2019
1.9 miles NE
VegOut: Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival promises food vendors, speakers, local bands, DJ music, and vegan-friendly clothing, skin-care, and artwork at Holladay Park. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Run for beer

August 10 & 17, 2019
multiple locations each month
The untimed 5K Fun Run is on sidewalks and park trails, followed by a free beer and live entertainment.

Bike or walk the bridges

August 11, 2019
Portland locations
Bridge Pedal is a 5-mile walk or a 3 to 18 mile ride with stunning views from atop Portland bridges. Register early, and bring a helmet. No dogs or skates.

India Festival

August 11, 2019
0 miles
Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of India at India Festival, with performances, food, and vendors in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free entry.

Lents Street Fair

August 11, 2019
7.3 miles SE
Lents Fair has live music, food, craft vendors, a kids’ area, a chicken beauty pageant, and the Belmont Goats in the SW corner of Lents Park, plus a walk on closed neighborhood streets. Free.

Hillsboro farm dinner

August 16, 2019
(5:30 to 9 p.m.)
24 miles SW
The $95 Farm Fresh dinner features locally grown food, wine, and live music in Hillsboro for age 21+.

Tasting in Salem

August 16, 2019
(5 to 10 p.m.)
46 miles south
Pairings offers fine food, wine, micro-brews, spirits, and music in the gardens of the Salem fairgrounds. Includes admission to the fair.

Barbecue and tractor pull

August 16 - 18, 2019
27 miles NW
Banks Bar-B-Que Truck and Tractor Pull has tractor & truck pulls, BBQ sandwiches, a beer garden, a parade (Sunday at 11 a.m.), and a combine demolition derby in Banks. No pets.

Adult soapbox derby

August 17, 2019
5 miles east
Watch adults in bizarre gravity-powered vehicles race downhill at Mt. Tabor City Park to win awards at the annual PDX Adult Soap Box Derby. No dogs. Free.

Night market in Beaverton

August 17, 2019
(also July 20)
8.2 miles SW
Beaverton Night Market promises a family-friendly event with 55 vendors of ethnic food and crafts, plus performers from around the world at The Round. Free.

Bigfoot festival

August 17, 2019
17.3 miles east
Oregon Bigfoot Festival promises Bigfoot exhibits, special presentations, guest speakers, food carts, merchandise vendors, and carnival-style games at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. No pets. Donation.

Farm festival

August 17, 2019
21 miles north
The Heirloom Tomato and Garlic Festival has live bluegrass music, tomato and garlic tasting, fruits and vegetables for sale, craft and art vendors, and kids’ activities at Northwest Organic Farms in Ridgefield, WA. Free.

Air and vehicle show

August 17, 2019
23 miles NW
See airplanes, cars, motorcycles, and military vehicles at Wings & Wheels, which includes a half marathon, a street dance, music, food vendors, a beer garden, and kids’ activities at Scappoose Industrial Airpark.

Wine tasting in Forest Grove

August 17, 2019
(4 to 9 p.m.)
27 miles west
Forest Grove UnCorked features local wineries, artisan distilleries, micro-breweries, fine arts, and live music on Main Street in Forest Grove for age 21+.

Distillery tasting

August 17 - 18, 2019
0.7 miles NE
Meet the makers of locally crafted spirits and buy cocktails or bottles at Summer Spirits Fest in Ankeny Plaza (2 SW Naito Parkway) for age 21+. Free admission.

Hot Sauce Expo

August 17 - 18, 2019
1.2 miles SE
Portland Hot Sauce Expo has hot & spicy food vendors, craft beer, eating contests, and a Chihuahua beauty contest Sunday at 2 p.m. in OMSI bridge parking lot.

Wine tasting

August 17 - 18, 2019
6.3 miles SW
Multnomah Village Vine & Dine promises “25 superb NW wine and food stars” offering wine tastings paired with sweet and savory bites in the lower parking lot at Multnomah Village.

Tiny house festival

August 17 - 18, 2019
57.5 miles SW
See tiny houses & vehicle conversions, meet builders, visit vendors, hear music, buy food & beer, and attend presentations, workshops, and meet ups at TinyFest Northwest at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall. Children age 12 and younger are free. No pets.

Evenings at the zoo

August 20, 2019
(5 to 8 p.m.)
3 miles west
Admission to Oregon Zoo is only $5 after 4 p.m. on Twilight Tuesday, with live music, games, family activities, food carts, beer, and wine beginning 5 p.m. Held June 18, July 16, and Aug. 20, 2019.

Relay to the Pacific Ocean

August 23 - 24, 2019
Located 7 or 62 miles SE
Hood to Coast Relay is a 199-mile relay of 12,000 runners from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge. Portland to Coast Walk Relay is a 199-mile relay of 4,000 walkers from Portland. Both end at an ocean party.

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

August 23 - 25, 2019
9 miles north
Drink wine, listen to jazz, and shop from arts and crafts booths at Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival [sound] at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA.

Small-town beer festival

August 23 - 25, 2019
24 miles SE
Sample beer, cider, and wine from 23 breweries at the Boring Beer Fest, with live music, games, food, entertainment, and a family day (Sunday) in Boring.

Fairy festival

August 23 - 25, 2019
25 miles NW
Billed as the world’s largest faerie festival, Faerieworlds has costumed faeries, entertainment, music, a food court, and 150 vendors of art, literature, and crafts at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains.

Farm food festival

August 23 - 25, 2019
30 miles SW
Enjoy meals, tours, outings, and classes that feature local farms, chefs, and wineries during the highly acclaimed Bounty of Yamhill County.

Oregon State Fair

August 23 - Sept. 2, 2019
49 miles south
See farm animals and craft displays, eat fair food, drink local beer and wine, take carnival rides, and be entertained at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

Deals & discounts

Camera show

August 24, 2019
9.6 miles NE
Rose City PhotoFair includes vendors of vintage and modern gear at Jackson Armory.

Fruit beer festival

August 24 - 25, 2019
1.3 miles NE
Buy a ticket to try two dozen fantastically fruity beers and ciders outdoors at Portland Fruit Beer Festival, which also has food vendors at 7th Avenue & E. Burnside Street.

Kids’ obstacle race

August 24 - 25, 2019
19.5 miles SW
Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Sherwood Forest Equestrian Center. Parents can race for free.

Dahlia Festival

August 24 - Sept. 2, 2019
26 miles south
View 400 floral arrangements of dahlias indoors, 40 acres of dahlias outdoors, and dahlia growing and arranging demonstrations at the Dahlia Festival at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. Free.

People in the street

August 25, 2019
0 miles
Walk, bike, or roller-skate on miles of streets when most cars are banned for Sunday Parkways on the Green Loop (downtown & inner SE), with activities and music along the way. Free.

Hawthorne Street Fair

August 25, 2019
2.5 miles east
Hawthorne Street Fair has vendors, family activities, beer gardens, and live music on the sidewalks of SE Hawthorne Boulevard (from 31st to 38th). Free.

Car & boat show

August 25, 2019
8 miles south
Collector Car & Classic Boat Show is spread over three locations in Lake Oswego. Saturday has boats, Sunday has boats and cars. Free.

Adult party at the science museum

August 28, 2019
1.2 miles SE
Ciderfest promises “food, drink, and science fun” at The Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) for age 21+. Tickets are available either with or without cider.

Homeowners’ show

August 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
1.5 miles NE
Meet vendors of home products and services, see exhibits, and drink beer at Portland Renovation and Landscaping Show in Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Pirate festival

August 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
81 miles south
Tortuga Pirate Festival offers outrageous activities and games for adults in pirate attire at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon for age 21+.

Pearl District art festival

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
0.5 mile north
Art in The Pearl features 100 booths of fine art as well as music, food, and hands-on art activities along NW 8th Ave in North Park Blocks. Free.

Italian festival

August 2019
0 miles
Festa Italiana Portland offers live music, dancing, Italian food, a wine and beer garden, children’s activities, and vendors in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free entry.

Brazilian festival

August 2019
5 miles NE
Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day at the family-friendly Brazilian Day Festival with food vendors, live music, dancing, and art at Carioca Bowls. Free.

Miniature air show

August 2019
27.2 miles west
Watch drones, aerobatic planes, helicopters, warbirds, and even jets perform at the Radio-Controlled (RC) Air Show, with a kids’ candy drop in Forest Grove.

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